Psalm 130

Jesus is a light for revelation to all peoples

 

Bulletin for: 
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Order of worship: 
Pastor to People: 

Emily  Lo Gibson: There are times when songs come to mind right when I need to hear them. “How He Loves” by David Crowder is one that has encouraged me through many hardships, andrecently during times of long illness. A few years ago, I felt convicted to go to West Africa for a project. But after getting sick at the end of the trip – and not getting better – I was angry and confused. Why had God led me to this distant community when all that came of it was pain, putting my life on pause? I doubted God loved me because of my suffering. Then I remembered this song. This – along with many prayers, acts of kindness, and more – showed me that God was with me. It was okay to simply sit in His love. It was okay not to have answers. Although I still sometimes feel like a fragile jar of clay, God has taught me about perseverance and His faithfulness: “This all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Grace Henrie: I was raised to believe God's promise, "my God shall supply all of my needs” (Philippians 4:19). There I was, a junior in college, facing a tuition bill that I had no way to pay.  After packing up my belongings, I called my parents to let them know of my plans to return home the next day.  My mom told me I couldn't come home. What was I to do? Trust God. And you know what? To this day I only remember going to the business office twice that year and being told each time that the payment due was paid in full.   Since then, the walk of faith that God has laid out before me has been one of continued growth and trust.  Never has He failed – whether in seeking a spouse or in raising children, in failed health or in family deaths – time and again God has proven His promises.  Exercising the gift of faith that I've received from our Heavenly Father is a joy.  All praise to Jesus!